Friday Five!

Hello and happy Friday! Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I’ve been in the midst of my move back to Boston after a summer in the Midwest. I have arrived back on the East Coast with the expected level of ambivalence. I am both wildly excited to get back to teaching and my regular routine, and also still struggling with feeling at home in this city. It’s been an up and down week, as is usually the case when the seasons change. End of summer/early fall. I can’t help but think of a year ago this time when my life was in complete and total upheaval. I’ve come a long way since then, but I’m still learning my new normal here. I know things will feel better once school starts. Until then, here is an image to lighten the mood, in honor of Beyonce’s incredible VMA performance and my love of cats:

And now, the Friday Five!


How Do I Make Friends in My Late 20s? 

This post was a lot of feelings for me. This advice letter from New York magazines features a letter from a woman in her late 20s who is finding it difficult to make friends. She has a great job, a great boyfriend, and lives in a great city, but because she’s moved around a lot, she’s finding that she has fewer and fewer people to socialize with. I definitely relate to this. When I first moved from Chicago to Minneapolis, I was lucky to have built-in friends from my PhD program, but I already started to notice evidence of the difficulty of making and keeping friends after the college years. Plus, I was missing all my friends from college in Chicago, as well. I lived with my partner in Minneapolis, but there were times that it felt like friendships were already more complicated than ever. THEN Boston happened. I was single and alone in a new city and it was (and still is, but, thankfully, to a lesser degree) ROUGH. I think this is a wonderful read for anyone who values friendships and finds themselves feeling like their ties are not as strong as they once were.

Revitalizing & Raw Cauliflower-Tomato Detox Salad

Okay, this weekend I am definitely making this salad from Blissful Basil. It sounds incredible and it’s been too long since I”ve made cauliflower rice. A perfect late summer salad!


Only in Minneapolis….”The Herbivorous Butcher”

Goodness, I sure miss this charming city. Minneapolis-ites Aubrey and her brother Kale (no, for real tho) are opening a “meatless butcher shop.” All the things you see in this retro-style butcher shop will be made of tofu, beans, and seitan. Before they get their store-front you can find them at Minneapolis farmer’s markets. As my friend on FB said, “Minneapolis, you have reached peak Portlandia.” Indeed, and it feels so good!

Tiny Kitchen Lifehacks

So, my new apartment is quite charming, but it is also very tiny. I am having particular issues with the lack of kitchen space. I spent about an hour on pinterest searching “tiny kitchen organizing,” “small kitchen solutions,” “storage for people who can’t afford big kitchens,” etc. (That last one didn’t yield any results. #smh). This buzz feed list actually had some really good ideas. Maybe it will be helpful if you’re in the same (tiny) boat as me!



Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

Getting back to Boston (both happy and sad)

More back to school planning

YOGA and yoga sculpt


dinners with friends

apartment set up

walks and bike rides

pop music


fresh cucumbers


What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xo

9 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. Natalia says:

    Ahh, so many good things in this post! Thanks for introducing me to kittiesandbullshit. Who is this person?? I need to be their friend. And the friend article – so, so true. I have moved a lot in the past few years, and finding great new friends feels like the biggest accomplishment (ahead of anything related to career/studies etc). I’ll be moving to a new city AGAIN at the end of this year, and I’m trying not to freak out about this very thing. I’ll be leaving some of the best friends I’ve ever had, so it’s time to mentally prepare and lower those expectations…

    I hope the move back to Boston goes as well as it can. This does make me wish WE could hang out over coffee IRL.. I know we’re effectively strangers, but I have no doubt we’d have some interesting conversations : )

    Your friend in the blogosphere xo

    • raechel says:

      I wish that too! I know we’d be fast friends, for sure! : )

      Feel free to reach out next year if you need an ear (or eyes, via email, whatevs). I will surely know some of the things you will be feeling/going through!

  2. Jess says:

    I came across that article the other day and was so glad I did—it made me feel less alone in the “OMG why is this friendship thing so hard?!”

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook says:

    That article was so helpful, as someone who has moved a lot, I can totally relate to feeling alone in a big city, with few friends to draw on.

    Also- Toronto has a meatless butcher that opened a few months ago and it is AWESOME!

    • raechel says:

      Moving a lot solidarity, sister. It’s rough…but also kind of neat to have friends in so many places? I don’t know, I go back and forth about whether or not that’s a good thing. Sigh.

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